5 Ways to UnPlug

Amish fiction, Christian living Comments: 14

So I tried an experiment last week. I unplugged. Completely. I didn’t check my email, or log into Facebook. I didn’t tweet, and I didn’t post pictures to Instagram. Wow!!! This was a big step for me. (I did pre-post some things to Facebook and Twitter, so you know…no one would forget me.)

Have you ever done this? It was eye-opening for me. I had reached the point where I was “checking things” constantly. Even late at night, or first thing in the morning. I learned some awesome things:

  • The world doesn’t end when I don’t read the news
  • My head got quieter, like, there was peace and quiet in there
  • I had to talk to people when I was in line at the store
  • At first I kept reaching for my phone, and then I’d realize that I didn’t need to touch it if it didn’t ring!
  • I spent more time with friends, family, and my pets, and I was more “present” while I was with them.

Now I’m not saying that any of these things are bad, but for me the habit was out of control. So how can you unplug? It doesn’t have to be an all or nothing deal. You could just reduce if you feel it’s overwhelming you. But where do you start?

  1. Make the decision to only check your e-mail once a day. If anyone needs me urgently, they’ll call.
  2. Go on to Facebook once a day and scan quickly. You don’t have to read/like/comment on every post. Just tag in and out.
  3. If you TWEET or INSTAGRAM, you don’t have to do that every day either. Every meal doesn’t have to be shared. You don’t have to take a selfie at every event. It’s actually kind of nice to keep some things private.
  4. It’ll only feel strange for the first few days.
  5. Spend the time you would be on-line doing something else–pet your dog, work on the craft project you abandoned, finish a book in your TBR pile. Do the things you like to do.

So how about you? Have you ever tried to unplug? Why or why not? And what was the result? There’s a comment button next to the title of this blog. If you’re receiving it in email, just click on the link and then look next to the title. I’d love to hear from you!

Amish Harvest pre-order promo_FINALAnnouncements for this week:

  • Brian’s Choice is on sale for 99 cents. This is a lovely 76 page novella that introduces my Plain & Simple Miracles series.
  • Anna’s Healing, the first full length book in the series and a Christy Award finalist, is on sale for $2.99.
  • An Amish Harvest will release in 6 days, and my publisher is offering a TREAT BOX to the first 100 readers who pre-order.
  • Deep Shadows is now available in print and ebook. **Amazon ** B&N ** CBD. And the price has stayed below $9 for most vendors, so get your copy today!

Also, my Rafflecopter giveaway is live, and I think you’re going to love this month’s Prize Package. Details on my main webpage, so stop by and check us out!

Blessings,

Vannetta

Summer Blues

Amish fiction, Texas, the Remnant
Phoebe with a new toy

Phoebe with a new toy

Actually summer in Texas isn’t blue, it’s RED HOT! I now avoid the weather app, because I know what it’s going to say. 100+ for the next 15 days. ((sigh)) I realize the heat isn’t limited to Texas. I read it was 100 degrees in Anchorage, Alaska last week. Wow!

So do you get the summer blues? I’m noticing that people around me are acting a bit sluggish. Maybe we’re all conserving our energy. Always, when the weather turns to blazing hot, I remember this verse from Ecclesiastes, chapter 3, verse 1.

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

When I was a child, with no a/c in our house, summertime was a time to read, work on jigsaw puzzles, and if we had a chance play in the water hose. Not a lot has changed since then. We have a/c, but I still use summer to read, and if I can get away with it I play in the water hose. My dogs love that!

If you find yourself feeling a bit blue, tired, or under the weather, just remember that there’s a time for every season … and we’ll be laughing about this in September.

How do YOU spend hot, summer days? Leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you and your comment could encourage someone else!

Amish Harvest pre-order promo_FINALAnnouncements for this week:

  • An Amish Harvest will release soon, and my publisher is offering a TREAT BOX to the first 100 readers who pre-order.
  • Deep Shadows is now available in print and ebook. **Amazon ** B&N ** CBD. And the price has stayed below $9 for most vendors, so get your copy today!
  • The giveaway at Chat with Vera will last through 8-9. Leave a comment on the blog to be entered to win a copy of Deep Shadows.
  • My publisher is also giving away a copy of Deep Shadows. You can enter here and read about what Deep Shadows and Amish fiction have in common.

Our winner for last week’s blog was Linda P. I’ve sent her an email, so if you’re Linda P. be sure and check your email! Also, I’m going to take a little rest from giving away books here, but I’ll continued to offer a Rafflecopter giveaway once a month on my main webpage, so stop by and check us out!

Blessings,

Vannetta

Can I Get an Amen?

Christian fiction, Christian living, inspiration, Living in Grace

bf9e48c1faeaa2ca0825714b371fc8b4World events have a way of darkening our outlook on life. Such tragedy and pain and hopelessness. But it occurs to me that as Christians we represent the opposite of those things. We stand for victory and healing and hope. So I thought this week I’d take a moment to share some of the verses that help me during dark times.

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. ~Luke 6:38

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. ~Colossians 3:15

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. ~Psalm 56:3

Want more verses about dealing with fear and anxiety? There’s a good list here. Especially during dark times, we need to encourage and lift up one another. So how about it? What verse would you like to share? Leave a comment with your fav verse or an encouraging comment and you’ll be entered to win one of my Pebble Creek stories. Our winner last week was Rory, and I’ve already sent her an email.

Announcements for this week: 

  • Hidden hit #1 in its categories last week. It’s still on sale for 99 cents in ebook format at Amazon and B&N.
  • If you’re in the Dallas, TX area, I’ll be speaking at the Irving libraries Mysterious Ways Author Panel on Sunday afternoon. Details here.
  • Deep Shadows is now available in print and ebook. **Amazon ** B&N ** CBD. And the price has stayed below $9 for most vendors, so get your copy today!
  • The giveaway at Inkslinger’s Blog will last through 7-23. Leave a comment on the blog to be entered. Plus you can read about 24 hours in the life of a romance author. Who wouldn’t want to read that? It’s RIVETING. :)
  • My JULY Rafflectoper giveaway is live. I’m so excited about giving away the wall hanging, which would look perfect in a child or grandchild’s room. Click here and scan down the page to enter.

Blessings,

Vannetta

One Last Q&A

Christian authors, Christian fiction

I’ve been answering your questions the last few weeks on my blog, so I thought I’d finish that up today. Remember: every week I give away a book, so leave a comment below and your name will be entered to win a copy of one of my mysteries (your choice).

 

Patricia didn’t actually ask a question, but she left a comment about being a cancer survivor and reading and taking my books to her oncologist’s office. Thank you so much for commenting, Patricia, and I’m glad the books were a blessing to you.

Meg asked, “Are you planning on writing any more in the mystery series?” No. Both of my current series are complete at 3 books each, BUT … I am putting finishing touches on What The Bishop Saw, which introduces a new series titled The Amish Bishop Mystery Series. Book one will release in May of 2017.

Marilyn asked, “What drew you to write Amish series and then change to mysteries? I love the Plain and Simple Miracle series.” Actually I was writing Amish romances for one publisher, when another publisher (Harper Collins) asked me to write Amish mysteries. I said SURE! I’m so glad you enjoyed books 1 and 2 in the Plain and Simple Miracles series. Book 3, Sarah’s Orphans, will release on August 30th. Also, you might check out my Pebble Creek series, which is in the same genre.

july rafflecopterThat wraps up our Q&A time. I hope everyone is having a great summer, and remember to leave a comment to be entered in this week’s giveaway. This week’s question: What types of things do you do when it’s too hot to go outside? (It’s too hot to go outside in Texas. Trust me.) PS- Last week’s winner was Tiffany, and I’ve sent her a email.

Announcements for this week: 

  • Deep Shadows is now available in print and ebook. **Amazon ** B&N ** CBD. And the price has stayed below $9 for most vendors, so get your copy today!
  • The giveaway at Inkslinger’s Blog will last through 7-23. Leave a comment on the blog to be entered. Plus you can read about 24 hours in the life of a romance author. Who wouldn’t want to read that? It’s RIVETING. :)
  • Baker Kella is offering a giveaway of Deep Shadow that runs through the end of this week.
  • My JULY Rafflectoper giveaway is live. I’m so excited about giving away the wall hanging, which would look perfect in a child or grandchild’s room. Click here and scan down the page to enter.

Blessings,

Vannetta

Another Q&A post

Christian fiction, the Remnant

Deep Shadows smBefore we get to your questions, I wanted to let you know that my new release, Deep Shadows, is now available where ever books are sold. I’m so excited! Reviews have been great, and I’m thrilled that readers are connecting with this story. If you haven’t picked up your copy yet, the price is still below $10 for most vendors, in both ebook and print. Now to your questions–

Betty asked, “What inspired you to write Deep Shadows? Will there be a sequel? Do you outline?” I actually read a news story where NASA had presented a study on solar flares to Congress, and that captured my imagination. There will be 2 more books in the series, and there will be a free prequel (ebook only) releasing on October 1. I do not outline, though sometimes I think life would be easier if I did.

Gail and Jackie asked, “Do you ever sell any of your handmade quilted items?” No. I’m really a beginner. Some of the things I’ve done look nice in a picture, but when you look at the stitching–it’s something of a mess! I’m enjoying learning though, and I love being able to give some things away.

Juanita asked, “Have you always wanted to write books?” No. I’ve always loved to read, but I didn’t want to write until after I finished my master’s degree in English. I had to write a lot for that program, and I decided then that it was something I loved to do.

IMG_4758-2Roberta asked, “Was it a coaster you quilted?” Actually it was a mini-quilt, and I had a lot of fun making it! I’ve included a pic so you can see the colors, though this was before I finished it.

Alice asked, “Do you have children? Also, how about writing a book about camping out adult-style?” We do have children–my husband had 3 when I met him and I had 1. It’s funny that you bring up a camping mystery. I’ve actually sent in a proposal for that very thing. If you camp awhile, you find there are some strange people out there! I think it would be a real hoot, but the publisher hasn’t decided to go with that series–yet.

 

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Last week’s prize, fabric panel and a copy of An Amish Market

I think I’ll keep doing Q&A for the rest of the month, or until your questions run out. If you haven’t sent in a question and have one, just leave a comment. Also, if you’ll leave a comment today, you’ll be entered to win a Surprise Summer Package. Just answer What’s your favorite thing to do in the summertime?

PS- Last week’s winner was KHSmith, and I’ve sent her a email.

Announcements for this week: 

  • Deep Shadows is now available in print and ebook. **Amazon ** B&N ** CBD.
  • I’m visiting Vickie’s Kitchen and Garden blog. She’s giving away a copy of Deep Shadows. The giveaway ends this week.
  • You can win a print or ebook copy of Deep Shadows at WordyNerdyBlog. Plus they have some funny pics of me, so go check it out.
  • We’re talking about HEROES over on Just Commonly, and they’re also running a giveaway of Deep Shadows.

Thanks for stopping by and remember to comment with your fav thing of summer to be entered to win our Surprise Summer Package!

Blessings,

Vannetta

Q&A with author, Vannetta Chapman

Christian authors, Christian fiction, the Remnant

Today I’m answering questions about writing, my new release Deep Shadows, and general stuff! I hope you enjoy the video, and read below for ways to enter this week’s giveaway.

Deep Shadows smThat was fun! I’ll finish with the Q&A next week. Like I said in the video, if you didn’t leave a question last week or would like to leave another, feel free to. That would enter you in this week’s drawing. OR you could tell me one thing YOU would miss if the lights went out for an extended period of time. That will enter you in the drawing too. :)

Our prize this week will be

  • an autographed copy of An Amish Market
  • signed bookmarks
  • a panel of fabric that features Amish scenes. If you’re a quilter, or knows someone who is, this is fun to work with for a wall hanging or lap blanket.

PS- Last week’s winner was Jan, and I’ve already heard from her.

Announcements for this week: 

  • I stopped by Suspense Sisters last week to talk about my new release and writing in general.
  • Harvest House is giving away 10 copies of Deep Shadows on Goodreads. There are a few days left to enter that.
  • Deep Shadows is shipping in paperback format. Yeah! The ebook price will release on 6-28. If you pre-order, vendors offer a pre-order price guarantee, so if the price goes down before the item is released, you receive the lower price. **Amazon ** B&N ** CBD.
  • My June rafflecopter is going strong, and it’s easy to enter daily. Check here for details. This month’s giveaway includes a copy of Hidden, a set of quilted coasters, a Texas note card, and  a $10 Starbucks card.

Thanks for stopping by and remember to comment with a question or tell me one thing YOU would miss if the lights went out for an extended period of time!

Blessings,

Vannetta

Deep Shadow READING

Christian fiction

I think everyone likes to be read to. When I taught high school and college, I was amazed that my older students STILL liked to be read to. So today, I thought that I’d read you the prelude of my upcoming release, Deep Shadows.

I hope you enjoyed that. If Youtube would allow me to, I’d read the entire thing to you! I imagine that file would be a bit too large.

Deep Shadows smI loved your comments last week on your pantry. Looks like I’m the only one who is lagging behind in this area. Maybe it’s my generation though. We EXPECT things to always be in abundant supply at the grocery store. Deep Shadows is about a lot more than groceries. It’s about how communities come together in times of trouble, how God provides for our needs, and how our love for one another and for Him is enough to carry us through any trouble.

THIS WEEK I’d love for you to comment with a question for me. Ask me anything you like. I’ll answer as many as I can next week, and I’ll randomly choose one person to win:

  • something that I quilted. (Think small.)
  • I’ll throw in some signed bookmarks as well and
  • a copy of A Wedding for Julia, one of my fav Amish romance books.

PS- Last week’s winner was Kay. If you’re Kay, check your email and you should find a note from me!

Announcements for this week: 

  • Harvest House is giving away 10 copies of Deep Shadows on Goodreads.
  • Deep Shadows is still available for pre-order. All vendors offer a pre-order price guarantee, so if the price goes down before the item is released, you receive the lower price. **Amazon ** B&N ** CBD. Also, the paperback price is only $7.49 on CBD.
  • My June rafflecopter is going strong, and it’s easy to enter daily. Check here for details. This month’s giveaway includes a copy of Hidden, a set of quilted coasters, a Texas note card, and  a $10 Starbucks card.

Thanks for stopping by and remember to comment with a question!

Blessings,

Vannetta

The Kitchen Pantry

Christian fiction, Christian living, Healthy living, the Remnant

pantrySo…how is your kitchen pantry looking? How full are your shelves? Do you have a bunch of food in there? Or is it kind of bare?

This is something I thought about as I was writing my new novel, Deep Shadows (book 1 in The Remnant series). The basic storyline is that the power goes out for a long time. A really long time–like 40 years. It goes out everywhere. You’ll have to read the book so see why.

But of course that started me thinking. How prepared am I for any type of emergency? I checked out my pantry. Didn’t look too good. I mean ONE BOX of mac and cheese? It’s only 33 cents. Why do I have only one box? So I challenged myself to purchase a few extra supplies. How do you like what I bought? Deep Shadows smWe know and believe that God will care for us REGARDLESS of the circumstances around us. But part of his caring for us is providing us with resources, like an extra 33 cents to buy one more box of mac and cheese.

So tell me. How does YOUR pantry look?

PS-I’m still giving away one prize per week, so tell your friends to stop by and leave a comment. This week, I’ll give away one book from my booklist.  You choose the title and whether you’d like an ebook or print book. Last week’s winner was Betty M.

Announcements for this week: 

  • Harvest House is giving away 10 copies of Deep Shadows on Goodreads.
  • You can read about last month’s Girlfriends Getaway on today’s RT Blog.
  • Deep Shadows is still available for pre-order. This is a story about how communities come together when life drastically changes, and how our faith sustains us through those times. All vendors offer a pre-order price guarantee, so if the price goes down before the item is released, you receive the lower price. **Amazon ** B&N ** CBD.
  • My June rafflecopter is going strong, and it’s easy to enter daily. Check here for details. This month’s giveaway includes a copy of Hidden, a set of quilted coasters, a Texas note card, and  a $10 Starbucks card.

Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings,

Vannetta

Memorial Day Moments

Christian authors, Christian fiction, Memorial Day

Howdy! Don’t we all love a 3 day weekend? Well, some of us are working (yikes, I’m behind). If you’re working too, fist bump me. Today I wanted to talk to you about Memorial Day. You know we’re all happy about that extra day of rest, but then it’s a solemn day too.


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So how about it? Do you have some special items that remind you of loved ones? If so, comment below and tell me about them, or just comment with the name of someone you’d like to remember on this special day.

I’ll randomly choose one winner. This week I’m giving away a Project Linus blanket. (Project Linus was featured in Anna’s Healing.) This blanket is completely cool–a NO SEW fleece, and it has a military theme. I’ll send it to one lucky person along with some signed bookmarks from me.

Announcements for this week: 

  • Deep Shadows is now available for pre-order. This is the first book in my new dystopian series. Don’t know what dystopian is? Read my blog post at the Diamond Mind of Christian Fiction. You can now pre-order Deep Shadows. All vendors offer a pre-order price guarantee, so if the price goes down before the item is released, you receive the lower price. **Amazon ** B&N ** CBD.
  • My June rafflectopter begins today, and it’s easy to enter daily. Check here for details. This month’s giveaway includes a copy of Hidden, a set of quilted coasters, a Texas note card, and  a $10 Starbucks card.
  • Anna’s Healing has been chosen as a Christy award finalist. You can read all about that here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings,

Vannetta

May Special

Amish fiction, Pebble Creek Series, Special Sale Price

pebble creekDo you enjoy reading on your back porch? I do! At the end of the day, I want to grab a snack and glass of iced tea, mosey out to the porch, and read in peace and quite for a little while. Of course, it doesn’t always work out that way.

Once a month, I’d like to offer you a special price, and this month that special offer is for my Pebble Creek series. A Promise for Miriam, A Home for Lydia, and A Wedding for Julia introduce the Amish community of Pebble Creek, Wisconsin, and the kind, caring people there. As they face challenges to their community from the English world, they come together to reach out to their non-Amish neighbors while still preserving their cherished Plain ways. The special low price is $10 (plus tax and $2.50 for shipping), and of course I will autograph it for you and include some bookmarks. This is 30% less than the book is currently being offered on Amazon, so I hope you will take advantage of the offer. Choose the book you’d like, fill in the autograph to box, and click BUY NOW. You’ll be taken to a secure Paypal site where you can enter your credit card or debit card number.

 

A Promise for Miriam

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A Home for Lydia


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A Wedding for Julia


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Now get ye to the back porch, and enjoy some rest. And while you’re there–happy reading! Blessings,

V